When Ford built a Le Mans-winning GT40, it wanted to balance weight as much as ...
When Ford built a Le Mans-winning GT40, it wanted to balance weight as much as possible. And to do so, engineers put the driver’s seat on a right side of the car, but also retained the right-side gear selector to make sure drivers wouldn’t have to relearn how to shift with their left hand, resulting in the pretty weird setup.c
Thanks to the video below, we get to see what it is like to drive that layout on the track.
RACER was able to attach the camera to driver Alex MacAllister and as he piloted the 1966 Ford GT40 around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during a Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion.
Though most right-hand drive cars retain the mid-mounted gearshift setup, the GT40 has its selector mounted to the right of the driver, and directly next to the door.
Though it might sound strange the on paper, a right-hand selector seems pretty natural to handle since everything still falls into the same hands as in the left-hand drive car.
Watch for yourself as the MacAllister muscles the Le Mans legend around the track.
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